Arguably one of the top pure athletes
ever to come from Washington High School. This gifted athlete combined
speed, strength and agility to letter in (3)sports,(4)years in football,
wrestling and track.
In 1995 and 1996, he won (2) PIAA Wrestling State Titles at 189 lb., (2
) WPIAL and (2) Regional titles. He accumulated a record of 118 wins and
13 losses. At that time it was the most career wins at Wash High.
In 1995 he won the PIAA individual championships for the 100 and 200
meter sprints and was the PIAA silver medalist for the 100 and 200 meter
sprints in 1996.
In football he rushed for 3245 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career
at Wash High. He was named 3rd. Team All State as sophomore and 1st.
Team All- State his junior and senior years. Played in the 1996 Big 33
Overall, Aaron collected over 15 WPIAL Titles (Individual and Team), (4)
PIAA Gold Medals and (3) PIAA Silver Medals. Aaron accepted an athletic
scholarship to play football at Penn State University, where he lettered
(4) years. During Aaron's senior year at Penn State. he received the
Ridge Riley Award honoring him as the "Outstanding Senior Member of the
Team" who displayed sportsmanship, leadership, scholarship and
Gatten's talents and humbleness prompted Rob Rossi of the Associated
Press to write,.. he is the closest thing to Deion Sanders, minus the
Gatten was selected the 1996 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Fabulous 22 team
and was also selected the paper's "Athlete of the Year". Selected as a
Wrestling USA, All-American, Shutt All-American Wrestling Team, Blue
Chip Illustrated All-American Football Team and Tom Lemming Prep
Football Report All-American. An Academic All-Big Ten Choice and a 2001
free agent with the NFL Miami Dolphins.